• ICD-10 compliance date has been set for October 1, 2013
  • The new code sets will impact Providers, Payers, Vendors and others
  • Although the compliance date is not for some time, many activities need to be completed between now and then:
  • Impact assessment
  • Business process changes
  • Technology changes and testing
  • Partner compliance testing
  • Complementary planning sessions available from Himes Consulting Group to better understand how your organization will be impacted

Critical ICD-10 Implementation Dates


As you may know, the International Classification of Disease (ICD) is a set of codes used to report healthcare diagnoses and procedures created by the World Health Organization (WHO), currently used worldwide.  The release of the 10th revision (ICD-10) by the WHO has been in use by other countries since 1994 and the U.S. Department of Health and Human Services (HSS) ruled in favor for a U.S. implementation date of October 1, 2013.

As the last industrialized country to adopt ICD-10, you may already appreciate the danger of not migrating to this new code set: most importantly, we will not have compatible data to compare internationally.  As many other countries have already moved to ICD-10, the U.S. continues to capture morbidity data using the outdated classification system, ICD-9.  This has already and will continue to lead to problems identifying and tracking new, global health threats.

Why Think About ICD-10 Implementation Now?

Although the United States mandated compliance date is not until October 1, 2013, in order to deploy a successful implementation of ICD- 10 and receive the best possible return on investment, now is the time to begin planning your implementation strategy.  There are several specific reasons to begin your planning process today including:

    • Changes to the coding sets will impact virtually every aspect of the business process and technology for all parties across the entire healthcare value chain.
    • The extent of the impact of this change is projected to be as great as or greater than the implementation of the HIPAA standard transaction set implementation.
    • Significant process assurance and technology testing will be required in advance of the deadline to ensure proper compliance.

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